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This Week in Bacolod (June 28 to July 3, 2020)

A Bacolod hospital now offers rapid antibody testing!

By: Shanice Reyes | June 28, 2020
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Bacolod, COVID-19, Lockdown Updates, quarantine centers, Travel News, Health News

Repatriates from different cities continue to arrive in Bacolod while COVID-19 cases cease to decrease in the city. With this, the city requested for more school facilities to accommodate returning individuals to Negros Occidental and Bacolod City. As for the reopening of the city’s economy, Mayor Evelio Leonardia allowed personal care services and hotels to reopen. For health news, people can now avail of the COVID-19 rapid antibody tests at Riverside Medical Center. Read on for COVID-19 lockdown updates and more.

Quarantine Updates: City Council requests more schools as quarantine centers

Bacolod City’s Sanggunian Panlungsod (SP) requested to use more schools in Bacolod as isolation centers for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs). Councilor Renecito Novero, the author of the resolution, requested for extra facilities and an extension of the use of schools from the Department of Education (DepEd) in Western Visayas.

The councilor said that the eight public schools in Bacolod may no longer be enough to accommodate the repatriates. In line with this, the city’s Engineer’s Office identified the following additional public schools that can accommodate 540 occupants [1]:

• Sum-ag National High School
• Luisa Medel National High School
• Mansilingan Agro Industrial High School
• Luis Hervias National High School

Parlors and spas allowed to reopen in Bacolod

Under Executive Order (EO) No. 43-A issued by Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, personal care services are now allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. These massage parlors, saunas, facial care clinics, and waxing establishments should strictly follow the health standards imposed by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) joint interim guidelines on workplace prevention and control of coronavirus disease [2].

Travel News: DOT allows 27 resorts and hotels to operate

The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas allowed 15 resorts and hotels in Negros Occidental and 12 in Bacolod City to operate during themodified general community quarantine, but with limited operations. These are the hotels and resorts that are allowed to open in Negros Occidental [3]:

• Negros Occidental Bermuda Beach Resort
• Buenaventura Beach Resort
• Bugana Beach and Dive Resort
• Driftwood Beach Resort
• Green Garden Beach Resort
• Lakawon Island Resort
• Magdalene Hotel
• RL Apartelle
• Campuestohan Highland Resort
• Kampo Hiyang-Hiyang Mountain Resort
• Nature’s Village Resort
• Manlambus Beach Resort
• Marino Del Norte Resort
• Brazaville Beach Resort
• Zaycoland Resorts

Meanwhile, these are the establishments in Bacolod that were granted to operate:

• Check Inn Bacolod
• Go Hotel
• GT Hotel Bacolod
• L’Fisher Chalet
• L’Fisher Ecotel
• L’Fisher Hotel
• Nirvana Pension House
• Seda Capitol Central
• Stonehill Suites
• Sugarland Hotel
• The Suites at Calle Nueva
• Bantug Lake Ranch

Bacolod-Iloilo fast craft resume operations

After more than two months, Bacolod-Iloilo fast craft vessels resumed trips once again with smooth operations and cooperative passengers. The guidelines set at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp (Bredco) Port were observed properly by authorities and passengers. Temperature checks, presentation of health cards and identification cards, 50 percent vessel seating capacity, and disinfection of passenger accommodation areas are the stringent measures applied at the port.

For arriving passengers, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel retrieve their health cards before they leave the vessel. Bacolod residents only need to present their health cards, while Negros Occidental residents must undergo a real time-polymerase reaction test at the terminal’s swab booth [4].

Health News: Riverside Hospital now offers rapid antibody tests

Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital, also known as Riverside Medical Center, is now offering COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Tests to the public [5]. For inquiries, contact the following numbers: 0998 333 4442 and 0916 357 6952.

Go to Yoorekka for more COVID-19 updates in Bacolod and the entire Negros Island.

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About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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